School’s charity exhibition in support of poorly pupil

Photography exhibition at Tollgate School SUS-140619-170057001
Photography exhibition at Tollgate School SUS-140619-170057001

Four hundred students from Tollgate Junior School have been getting snap happy in support of a patient who’s receiving treatment for leukaemia.

The school held a special exhibition on Thursday, June 19 displaying all the pupils’ photographs, which came under the theme of ‘objects of comfort’.

All proceeds raised from print sales and a small entrance fee will go to the Royal Marsden Hospital, where the student is being treated, and then six chosen pictures through vote will be permanently hung in the family room at the Royal Marsden itself.

The idea came from two Year 3 pupils and was taken forward by Elizabeth Doak, who teaches and practices photography in Eastbourne and works as a freelance for the National Portrait Gallery in London.

She said, “I am trying to raise awareness of the value of using photography more in junior schools. It is a fantastically democratic art form that allows all children to ‘converse’ and become ‘visually literate’ whether they have learning disabilities, literacy difficulties or just feel they don’t have the physical skills to draw or paint. Therefore it is empowering for them.

“To get an entire school photographing towards one aim at one time is also incredible.

“The project has been themed ‘Objects of Comfort’ tying in ideas that when you are in hospital that you need the comfort of your teddy or whatever it is that you hold dear. Within this, each year group had another theme such as ‘Nature’,’ Urban’ or ‘Feeling Poorly’.

The exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Janet Coles on Thursday at 3pm.

The school has also set up a Just Giving donation page to continue to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and to support the pupil being treated there. To donate, visit /www.justgiving.com/tollgatephotos.